The Spicy Mami Hoagy Recipe

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The Spicy Mami

Lil Mama’s Chicago-Style Hoagy

 

Tiffany Pauldon-Banks, Owner of Lil Mama's Chicago-Style Hoagy

 

“I’m not really a huge spicy food person, but I know a lot of people who are, so I wanted to create a hoagy for them! You have your tangy, spicy ingredients like spicy mustard, banana peppers, and jalapeños balanced by the savory, spicy ingredients like the pepper jack cheese and the Cajun mayo. The tomatoes, lettuce, and onions add a nice freshness. The honey-roasted turkey that we put on all our hoagies and our famous oil let you know you’re eating a Lil Mama’s hoagy. All the ingredients work together to accomplish an explosion of flavor.”

– Tiffany Pauldon-Banks, Owner

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Ingredients

  • 1 hoagy roll 
  • Lil Mama’s house-made Cajun mayo
  • Spicy mustard
  • 2 slices pepper jack cheese
  • 6 oz. honey-roasted turkey
  • Lettuce, shredded
  • Tomato, sliced
  • Onion, sliced
  • Pickled jalapeños, sliced
  • Banana peppers, sliced
  • Drizzle of Lil Mama’s Famous Oil
  • Crushed red pepper
  • Parmesan 

Directions

Slice open a hoagy roll and gut some of the bread from the inside. Slather opposite sides with Lil Mama’s house-made Cajun mayo and spicy mustard. Add the pepper jack cheese and the honey-roasted turkey. Top with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickled jalapeños, and sliced banana peppers. Finish with a drizzle of Lil Mama’s Famous Oil, crushed red pepper, and Parmesan. 

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The Spicy Mami Hoagy

The Spicy Mami Hoagy

Lil Mama's Chicago-Style Hoagy
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 1 person

Ingredients
  

  • 1 hoagy roll
  • Lil Mama's house-made Cajun mayo
  • Spicy mustard
  • 2 slices pepper jack cheese
  • 6 oz. honey-roasted turkey
  • Lettuce, shredded
  • Tomato, sliced
  • Onion, sliced
  • Pickled jalapeños, sliced
  • Drizzle of Lil Mama's Famous Oil
  • Crushed red pepper
  • Parmesan

Instructions
 

  • Slice open a hoagy roll and gut some of the bread from the inside.
  • Slather opposite sides with Lil Mama’s house-made Cajun mayo and spicy mustard.
  • Add the pepper jack cheese and the honey-roasted turkey.
  • Top with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickled jalapeños, and sliced banana peppers.
  • Finish with a drizzle of Lil Mama’s Famous Oil, crushed red pepper, and Parmesan. 
Keyword Chicago, Hoagy, Sandwich, spicy, Sub, Turkey
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